Cambodia Again Ranked Most Corrupt Among Asean Countries

Cambodia continues to rank below most of Asia in Transparency International’s global corruption index, dropping one spot to No. 162 worldwide.

In the NGO’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index report, whose 2019 edition was released on Thursday, Cambodia scored 20 out of 100 for tax fraud, money laundering and citizens’ experience with corruption.

Pech Pisey, acting director of Transparency International Cambodia, said in a press release that Cambodia had made some progress in combating corruption, such as by decreasing petty corruption and improving tax collection, but the government should make bigger changes to see the score improve. He urged the government to amend the Anti-Corruption Law, promote access to public information, and protect whistleblowers and civil society in order to improve national anti-corruption efforts.

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